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SDCC 2022: Dynamite and Immortal Studios Announce Publishing Partnership

Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Dynamite has announced a new publishing partnership with Immortal Studios, to bring the Los Angeles-based publisher’s shared universe of Wuxia martial arts-fantasy comic books to the broader marketplace. Through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, the Los Angeles-based publisher Immortal Studios has to date successfully funded three comic book series as part of a larger shared universe. Now Dynamite is set to bring these action packed titles to the direct market comic stores, digital vendors, bookstores, and beyond in multiple formats, with more releases and titles to come.

Immortal Studios’ Storyverse is spearheaded by the company’s Founder and CEO Peter Shiao, who is collaborating with a team of comic book storytellers to bring a modern sensibility to the Wuxia genre that has influenced contemporary pop culture, including Marvel’s Shang-Chi, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Matrix, and Star Wars, as well as countless anime and manga like Naruto. Wuxia, pronounced “woo-sha,” is a long running genre born from China that depicts the adventures and trials of martial arts heroes, often but not always in historical settings and with fantasy elements. The Immortal Studios’ Storyverse is inspired by the storytelling of one of the foremost authors in the Wuxia genre, Peter Shiao’s father Shiao Yi, whose novels have been adapted into film and television more than thirty times, including films by the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. 

Immortal Studios’ titles include:

  • The Adept by writers Tasha Huo, Charlie StickneyAlison Norrington, and Peter Shiao, artist Yishan Li, and letterer Deron BennettThe Adept tells the deep and personal story of a young woman on a journey to master an ancient martial art that was thought to be long lost. Filled with action, transformation, and mystery, the key theme is about homecoming and redemption. Two action-packed chapters have been produced to date, featuring kidnapped pop stars, arcade brawls, and more.
  • Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsman by writer Peter Shiao, artists Pop Mhan and Jheremy Raapack, colorist Rex Lokus, and letterer Deron Bennett. In this series, protagonist Phil Du escapes his struggles through parkour and online gaming. But when he’s suddenly pulled into an ancient order of supernatural warriors amidst a civil war and cataclysm, he will have to step up to his destiny.
  • Fa Sheng: Origins is created by Peter Shiao, written by Rylend Grant, illustrated by Dexter Wee, colored by Omi Remalante Jr., and lettered by Deron Bennett. The tale chronicles the humble beginnings of a great Shaolin Master. The series is written by Rylend Grant, a screenwriter, author, and Ringo Award-winning comic book creator who is also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk.The series is recommended for fans of films based on the story of Ip Man, including the eponymous series and The Grandmaster.
  • Assassin G by writer Jen Troy and artist He Tao, featuring coloring by Hi-Fi Design and lettering by AndWorld Design. This summer Immortal Studios will launch a Kickstarter campaign for this new series, from the CW’s Supergirl TV series writer Jen Troy, about the deadly saga of vengeance between warring factions in the martial underworld in the early 1980s. The novel that inspired Assassin G by Wuxia master Shiao Yi, 甘 19 妹 (Gan the 19th Sister), is known as one of the preeminent IPs in the Chinese speaking world which has been adapted for television four times, and this new series will mark the story’s first comic book and English language adaptation. The Assassin G Kickstarter pre-launch page for the campaign is now live

Immortal Studios feature a range of variant covers from the likes of Gene Ha, Jim Cheung, Ming Doyle, Gian Gulang, Joyce Chin, and more. Other talents and staff behind the curtains include former longtime DC Comics editor Brian Cunningham and team members with experience at Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, 20th Century Fox, and more.

More details to come!

GlobalComix and AWA teams for Lesser Evils and “Global First” Localization

GlobalComix has announced a “Global First” localization partnership with AWA Studios, beginning with the release of Emmett: A Lesser Evils Story

As part of a new service in 2022 and beyond, the Global First mission focuses on translation and multiple language adaptations in order to bring all the world’s comics online, to reach readers in whichever language they are most comfortable with. From comic books to short films and webtoons, part one (of four) of the Brooklyn-based, horror/supernatural adventures has debuted on GlobalComix with the digital release of Emmett: A Lesser Evils Story, written by Ian Grody with art by Yishan Li.

Welcome to Brooklyn Through the Looking Glass, where a golem with benefits, a spiraling genie, a demon who feeds on bad vibes, and a mischievous mermaid collide with heartbroken, hard-living, and hype-obsessed humans. Lesser Evils is a hilarious, pop culture-filled universe that explores what intimacy, spite, selflessness, and friendship mean today.

Meet Lydia Loew, an artisan potter, who goes on a bender after a bad breakup. Then, in anguish and anger, she accidentally conjures up a golem from clay in her Bushwick studio.

Enter Emmett, a golem with benefits. He mixes a mean cocktail, is handy around the house, and will help Lydia exact revenge, with a vengeance. 

Following the digital release of GlobalComix’s Emmett: A Lesser Evils Story, AWA Studios will debut never-before-seen content from the Lesser Evils universe at Tribeca Festival in New York, directed by Justin Fair. Print copies of the comic series will be available with special QR code that unlocks the comic in six languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and Hindi.

Exclusive: New Stretch Goals Revealed for Fa Sheng: Origins

With about 5 days to go, Fa Sheng: Origins has blown past its crowdfunding goal! The six issue mini-series from writer Rylend Grant and artist Dexter Wee and created by Peter Shiao is about the humble beginnings of a great Shaolin Master.

We have the exclusive reveal that Immortal Studios is announcing three amazing prints featuring art by Dexter Wee, Yishan Li, and Gene Ha! These prints measure 8 x 10 and are printed on a card stock in full color, with no trade dress – just the stunning art for folks to enjoy.

The campaign is quickly approaching its $10k stretch goal and once they hit that level of funding, they’re unlocking something super special — a 4-page “back-up” feature that ties this Fa Sheng and present-day Fa Sheng together, in a tale that spans time and will blow your mind. They’ll also unlock a DRAW ME IN tier so that folks have the opportunity to be immortalized (see what we did there?) in the comic.

Fa Sheng: Origins is the latest comic book series from Immortal Studios, a Los Angeles-based publisher that is creating the first comic book-based shared universe of Wuxia martial arts-fantasy stories. The Kickstarter campaign ends on May 24th at 11:59 EDT.

Exclusive: Yishan Li’s Fa Sheng: Origins Variant Cover Revealed!

Next Tuesday, Immortal Studios is launching a Kickstarter campaign for Fa Sheng: Origins by writer Rylend Grant and artist Dexter Wee. We have the exclusive reveal of the variant cover by Yishan Li!

The six issue mini-series, about the humble beginnings of a great Shaolin Master, is created by Peter Shiao and written by Rylend Grant, a screenwriter, author, and Ringo Award-winning comic book creator who is also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk. Fa Sheng: Origins is illustrated by Dexter Wee, colored by Omi Remalante, Jr., lettered by AndWorld Design, and edited by Brian Cunningham. Issue 1 will feature a main cover by series artists Dexter Wee and Omi Remalante, Jr., as well as variant covers by Mona Finden, Gene Ha, Megan Huang, and Don Kramer.  

The Immortal Studios’ Storyverse is inspired by the storytelling of one of the foremost authors in the Wuxia genre, Peter Shiao’s father Shiao Yi, whose novels have been adapted into film and television more than thirty times, including films by the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. 

Created by Peter Shiao, the character of Fa Sheng is a death-cheating, mind-bending Shaolin Master, who first appeared in Immortal Studios’ flagship title The Adept.

Set in the latter days of the 19th century, Fa Sheng: Origins reveals how the confusion and carnage of China’s Boxer Uprising forces a young Fa Sheng to reevaluate his purpose in life, by dedicating himself to helping those in need. All that stands between him and his goal of empowering the masses are cowardly charlatans, backstabbing power grabbers, and ruthless adversaries. The story is written by Rylend Grant, an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist Monk in the lineage of Brad Warner and Gudo Nishijima who can trace his lineage directly back to the Shaolin temple.

Get a First Look at Cowboy Bebop #1

COWBOY BEBOP #1

Writer: Dan Watters
Artist: Lamar Mathurin
Publisher: Titan Comics
SC, FC, 32pp, On Sale: January 19, 2022

BASED ON THE NETFLIX LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION OF THE ORIGINAL ANIME!

An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.

New Netflix series starring John Cho (STAR TREK), Mustafa Shakir (LUKE CAGE) and Daniela Pinada (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM).

#1 COVERS:

Cover A: Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Claudia Ianniciello (part of connecting covers set across #1-4)
Cover D: Afu Chan
Cover E: Yishan Li
Cover F: Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau B&W Variant
Cover G: Color Blank Cover (part of a set across #1-4)
Cover FOC: Yoshi Yoshitani Virgin Variant

Cowboy Bebop #1 hits comic shops and digital devices on January 19, 2022 and is available to pre-order now.

Ablaze Reveals their August Releases

Maria Llovet’s Porcelain

by Maria Llovet
MSRP: $3.99 ·
Release Date: August 4th

Beryl’s life in the desert is relatively simple, living with her aunt and her cat, …until the day she finds and enters the Dollhouse.

Stuck inside an ever-changing mystery house that hunts children and turns them into dolls, Beryl goes on a psychedelic journey where she must face the notion of her own limitations and move past them…before she becomes the building’s newest prey. Porcelain is a psychological thriller, depicted in a way that only acclaimed creator Maria Llovet (Faithless, Heartbeat, Loud, Eros/Psyche) can tell it. Catch the series debut with 5 special variant covers by acclaimed artists such as Sabine Rich, Caspar Wijngaard, Yishan Li, and Tyler Boss.

Maria Llovet’s Porcelain

Maria Llovet’s Eros/Psyche HC

MSRP: $24.99 ·
Release Date: September 29th

Acclaimed creator Maria Llovet (Faithless, Heartbeat, Loud) brings you a surreal, bewitching tale of love, magic, and tragedy in Eros/Psyche.

The Rose female boarding school is paradise for young girls…but only if you follow the rules. Because, if you disobey them, you can end up expelled, or even worse, dead. Sara and Silje are two students learning the rules of the school, which includes classes by day…and the casting of curses and spells by night. A love develops between the two, which is tender, but threatens to break under the weight of the dark secret society within The Rose.

A Man’s Skin

MSRP: $24.99
Release Date: October 29th

An award-winning fairy tale about love set in Renaissance Italy. Bianca is a young lady from a good family and is of marriage age. Her parents find her a fiancé́ to their liking: Giovanni, a rich merchant, young and pleasant. The wedding looks set to go smoothly even though Bianca cannot hide her disappointment at having to marry a man she knows nothing about.

But before the marriage, she learns the secret held and bequeathed by the women of her family for generations: a “man’s skin.” By donning it, Bianca becomes “Lorenzo” and enjoys all the attributes of a young man of stunning beauty. She can now visit the world of men incognito and get to know her fiancé́ in his natural environment. In her male skin, Bianca frees herself from the limits imposed on women. The morals of the Renaissance then act as a mirror to our present time and poses several questions: why should women be treated differently from men? Why should their freedom be the object of contempt and coercion?

Tackling universal themes through a captivating and subtle fairy tale, French writer Hubert and artist Zanzim brilliantly question our relationship to gender and sexuality…but not only that. By mixing morality and humor, A Man’s Skin invites us to the mad and noble quest for love.

This international bestselling title has been highly awarded:

  • iPRIX Ti ZEF DE LA BD 2020 (Festival Brest en Bulle)
  • Grand Prix RTL de la Bande Dessinée 2020
  • Prix Landerneau BD 2020
  • Prix Wolinski de la BD du « Point » 2020
  • Grand Prix de la critique ACBD (Association des Critiques et journalistes de Bande Dessinée) 2021
  • Prix des Libraires Canal BD 2021
  • Fauve de Lycéens (Angoulême 2021)
A Man’s Skin

Review: White Ash Presents: Glarien

Enter the world of White Ash with this one-shot taking us through the life of Glarien. White Ash Presents: Glarien is a solid trio of stories with good storytelling and art:

Story: Charlie Stickney
Letterer: Conor Hughes
Art: Romina Moranelli, Yishan Li, Conor Hughes
Color: Fin Cramb

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Scout Comics

Review: White Ash Presents: Glarien #1

White Ash Presents: Glarien #1

We live in a world where Lord of the Rings is mostly is now a part of pop culture. Though it feels like most of the projects out now circle around superheroes or grizzled heroes there’s still a fandom for fantasy. People enjoy fantasy these days with entertainment like The Witcher and the severely underrated The Outpost. As much as I enjoy both of these shows, Lord of the Rings has been my genesis.

Anyone who has read the books can see the allegory that Tolkien provided to what was going in the real world. The movie brought to the forefront just how elite the elves were. That made me wonder just how much of their story has never been told. Especially Arwen, whose story arc within the movies is far more fruitful than the path laid by Tolkien. In the brilliant return of White Ash, we meet a character must like Arwen but much more dangerous, in White Ash Presents: Glarien #1.

In the first story, we meet Glarien 1800 years ago, as a bounty on her head, brings some troublemakers, ones that she disposes of with ease. In the second story, we get whisked off on an adventure where the man she’s in love with gets kidnapped,  as we find out the lengths she will go to save the ones closest to her. In the last story, as America expands into the western frontier, we get a tale where we see just how lethal she is, as she kills some men trying to usurp her business.  By end of the issue, you find out who Glarien is, and why the people of White Ash revere her.

Overall, White Ash Presents: Glarien #1 is an engaging collection of stories that gives much-needed insight into who this stealth assassin is. The stories by Charlie Stickney are intelligent and fast-paced. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a set of stories which feels like if Duke Togo was a woman and who can kill you with a look and some well placed blades.

Story: Charlie Stickney Art: Conor Hughes, Yishan Li, Fin Cramb, and Romina Moranelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Scout Comics

Image and Top Cow Release an Early Look at Paradox Girl Vol. 1

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions have unveiled a sneak peek at the forthcoming superhero graphic novel, Paradox Girl, Vol. 1 by Cayti Bourquin and Yishan Li. The series begins this May.

As a hero with the power to go anywhere and anywhen, Paradox Girl has made an absolute mess of her own life. She’s changed history so often that she isn’t even sure who she is anymore. 

Join her in the superhero comedy, Paradox Girl, Vol. 1, as she tries to make sense of her chaotic existence, chases bizarre whims, and maybe even finds time to save the day once in a while.

Paradox Girl, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1534312203, Diamond Code MAR190110) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 15.

Paradox Girl, Vol. 1

Lion Forge Announces Army of One at C2E2

Lion Forge continues to ramp up its 2019 line of creator-owned comic book series with concepts every bit as original and unique as the creators behind them. Today, in conjunction with the Lion Forge panel at C2E2 in Chicago, the company unveiled Army of One, an all-new series launching in October!

Created by New York Times Bestselling Writer Tony Lee and Yishan Li, and colored by Bryan Valenza, Army Of One is a story of friendship, sisterhood in a fight against unsurmountable odds, with a few twists and turns along the way.

Seventeen year old Carrie Taylor always knew she was different to the other students, but when she’s saved from nightmarish creatures by doppelgängers of herself, other ‘Carries’ from alternate dimensions, worlds and timelines, she learns the horrifying truth – that she is one of a thousand shattered shards of Sister Fortune, a great Mystic from another dimension; scattered into the multiverse after an apocalyptic battle with her greatest rival, Brother Havoc.

Now, after a millennia of constant death and rebirth, the shards of Sister Fortune are locked in an endless war against each other. In the midst of this, a small band of rebels band together, attempting to unify a force of thirteen doppelgängers, all with the aim of stopping Brother Havoc from finally taking over all of the Multiverses.

But is Carrie one of these shattered shards – or is she something new? And when she learns the truth about her heritage, which side will she choose?

Army of One will be solicited in the August-dated PREVIEWS catalog for release in October, offered to retailers in a fully returnable standard comic format, priced at $3.99.

Army of One
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